Brimbank,
28
June
2017
|
04:52
Australia/Melbourne

Council urges Andrews Government to put Brimbank people before profits

Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch
“Will the Andrews Government commit the profits generated by these sales will go back to Brimbank?  What about the $60 million in gambling revenue collected each year from our community?
Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch

Brimbank Council is asking Andrews Government to help address a critical shortage in community infrastructure after learning four former school sites have been sold.

Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said the Council is deeply dismayed and let down by the state government short-sighted actions.

“These sites could have been transferred over to Council to deliver much-needed sport and recreation, education and training and art and culture opportunities.

“Last week I met with local MPs Ben Carroll, Natalie Suleyman and Marlene Kairouz and Education Minister James Merlino to provide evidence that Brimbank needs more community infrastructure.

“Australian Health Collaboration research proves a correlation between poor health and education outcomes and access to community infrastructure in our Brimbank.

“Council went into this meeting in good faith, but Deer Park, Kealba, Sydenham and Keilor Park have already been sold off.

“The state government wants ratepayers to pick up the tab for Calder Rise – the only site left, they are suggesting Brimbank ratepayers should pay twice for what is already theirs.

“The new independent Council has committed $500 million for capital works in ten years, we’ve consulted extensively and with community input we’ve outlined a plan for the future.

“Our capital projects and sport facilities improvements planned over the next decade show we are serious about investing in Brimbank, can the Andrews government say the same?

“We want some investment back in our community from the significant profits the Andrews Government is making from our most disadvantaged.

“Will the Andrews Government commit the profits generated by these sales will go back to Brimbank? What about the $60 million in gambling revenue collected each year from our community?

“Brimbank needs to overcome decades of chronic state and federal underinvestment in community infrastructure and to bridge the disadvantage gap.

“The Growing Brimbank initiative is an exciting opportunity to help us address the entrenched intergenerational disadvantage holding back what is a dynamic, developing city.

“We are calling on the state and Federal government and the private and philanthropic sectors to join us and work together to make Brimbank better.

“Since being elected in 2016, this Council has made a pledge to put our community first – we urge the State and Federal Governments to take the same approach.

“I appreciate our local member Natalie Hutchins organising last week’s meeting and I hope we can continue the dialogue and get some gains for our community,” Cr Hedditch said.

 

Stop the Sale of School Sites - Advocacy Brochure

Summary - School Sites: Key Attributes, Beneficial Uses

Proposed North Sydenham School Site Flyer

Keilor Park School Site Flyer

Kealba School Site Flyer

Deer Park School Site Flyer

Calder Rise School Site Flyer